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Stephen G. Melvin My latest short story, "A Shaken Shadow," is currently undergoing a deep edit. Much of my attention is focused on getting it ready for its October 23rd release date. It's a ghost story, so the timing there is not accidental.

I'm also working on November's story, "Fear Caller." I wanted to return to a true Southern Gothic without incorporating supernatural elements, similar to "Baptized in Dirty Water." Speaking of "Baptized," the narrator, Warren, will be returning. It's set a few years after those events and follows his wooing of another woman, a girl they call Rabbit.

I'd like to say this time he might be lucky in love, but ...
Stephen G. Melvin The cure for writer's block is simple: write.

One of the biggest misconceptions about authors is we write by inspiration. Sure, inspiration does strike occasionally, but if we waited on the Muses to sing, we'd never get anything completed. In truth, writing is a challenging, often painful slog.

When the fingers hover idly over the keyboard, you just have to make them move. Just write. Chances are it won't be up to your high standards. That's fine. The first step is to get something on the page.

From there, editing kicks in. You'll be surprised how quickly the shapeless prose can be molded and formed into something you can be proud to show the world.

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